Ghost Milk Jug Craft for Kids

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Light up your walkway this Halloween with cute Halloween luminaries made with milk jugs.  This is a fun Halloween craft for kids.  With recycled milk jugs and a little creativity, these outdoor decorations are a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your home for the holiday.

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How to Make a Milk Jug Ghost Luminary

Supplies Needed:

Steps Involved:

  1. Rinse out the milk jug and let it dry.
  2. Use a black marker to draw a ghost face.
  3. On the back of the milk jug, right underneath the handle, cut out a hole to insert the tea light.
  4. Turn on the electric tea light and insert into milk jug.

The face, or decoration, on the milk jug can be any design.  So kids can get creative and design a black cat, a jack-o-lantern face, or any Halloween picture they like.  Just be sure to use an electric tea light for this project, as a real candle would certainly be a fire hazard.

Happy crafting and Happy Halloween!

Video Tutorial for Milk Jug Craft

This video by BunnieClaire walks you through all of the steps for creating these Halloween decorations.

Supply Ideas

Battery Operated Tealight CandlesBattery Operated Tealight Candles

Remote Controlled Rechargeable Tea LightsRemote Controlled Rechargeable Tea Lights

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Fall Craft Idea for Kids

Fall Craft for Kids

With school starting next week for my kids and the temperature turning cooler, my mind automatically goes to fun, fall craft ideas for the kids.  This tissue paper tree is an easy and fun project that is perfect for boys and girls of all ages.

Fall Craft for KidsHow to Make a Tissue Paper Tree

This tissue paper tree lets kids use their creativity to mix colors and create their own tree showing off the beautiful colors of fall.

Supplies Needed:

  • Construction Paper (blue, green and brown)
  • Tissue paper or crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Paper punch with leaf pattern (optional)

Here is how to make this cute tree:

1.  Use a blue piece of construction paper for the base.

2.  Rip a piece of brown construction paper into strips to create the tree trunk and branches.  For a more realistic looking tree, crumple the brown paper before gluing it to the blue paper.

3. Cut a strip of green construction paper for the grass at the bottom.  You can use scissors to create fringed grass, or just use a plain strip if you prefer.

4.  Cut tissue paper or crepe paper into squares.

5.  Fill a small cup with white glue.

6.  Using the eraser end of a pencil, wrap the tissue paper around the pencil to form the leaves.

7.  Dip the pencil and tissue paper into the glue and then add the leaf anywhere on the tree.  Be sure that you don’t use too much glue.  A little dab will do ya!

8.  Keep adding tissue paper leaves to the tree, varying the colors as you go.

9.  Use a paper punch to cut-out and glue small leaves falling from the tree and in the grass.

That’s all there is to it.  Kids can add as many tissue paper leaves as they’d like.  You’ll be amazed at how much your kids will enjoy this project and how quietly they’ll sit and work on it.

You can also use elements of this craft idea to make a fall greeting card or scrapbook page.  There’s no rule that says that craft ideas for kids can’t be enjoyed by all!

If you’d like to see a step-by-step tutorial, here’s a video from The Frugal Crafter.

Supplies Available on Amazon to Help Make a Tissue Paper Tree:

1 Inch Tissue Paper Squares1 Inch Tissue Paper Squares

Assorted Pack of Tissue PaperAssorted Pack of Tissue Paper

Maple Leaf Paper PunchMaple Leaf Paper Punch


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How to Make New Crayons From Old Crayon Pieces

Multi Color Crayons

My kids love to color, so we have tons of crayons around the house.  That means that we also have tons of crayon pieces around the house too, since we always end-up with a bunch that break.  My daughter always wants me to glue them back together, but I have yet to come-up with a way to fix a broken crayon.  The solution?  Take those old, broken crayons and turn them into some fun crayons for the kids.  It’s a great way to recycle your crayons.

How to Make Stained Glass Crayons

An easy way to reuse your crayons is to melt the little pieces together and create new crayons.  If you use a mix of colors when you melt the crayons, you end up with a crayon that looks like a piece of stained glass.  You won’t have the transparency of stained glass, so I haven’t come up with a way to use the finished product in that way, but I think it’s a fun way to make new crayons.  If you don’t want a multi-colored crayon, you can stick with creating single color crayons.

Supplies Needed:

Muffin tin, muffin liners, or any mold that you’d like to use.  Just make sure that it’s oven-proof.

Tin foil or muffin liners

Crayon pieces (with outer paper removed)

Oven

Here’s how you do it…

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2.  Line your muffin tins (or molds) with tin foil.  Or, just use the muffin liners without the pan.  Use a cookie sheet to hold the liners.  You can also melt the crayons directly in a non-stick mold, but lining it with foil helps it pop-out more easily.

3.  Remove the paper from the crayons and drop small pieces into each mold.  Use a mix of colors to get the stained glass look.

3.  Place mold in oven until crayons have melted (approximately 2-4 minutes).

4.  Remove from oven and let cool until hardened.  This usually takes at least an hour.

5.  When cool, remove foil and enjoy putting your new multi-colored crayons to use making colorful drawings.

Photos of the Crayon Making Process

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Supplies you'll need to make crayons.

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Video for How to Make Your Own Crayons

Video by MaxAndMumKids

If you use a muffin tin you’ll obviously get round discs.  Great for coloring big pictures and large areas, but not as ideal for “staying within the lines”.  So if you want pointier crayons, use a candy mold, cookie mold or a mold you make yourself that has the more typical long and skinny design.  Just be sure that your mold is oven-proof.  You don’t want to put a plastic candy mold in the oven.

Crayon Molds and Supplies

Ice Cube MoldsIce Cube MoldsCHECK PRICE

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Shrinky Dink Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Shrinky Dink Fathers Day Gifts

I loved making crafts with shrinky dink when I was a kid.  There’s something magical about putting it into the oven and watching it shrink into this tiny creation.  So it was only fitting to have a shrinky dink craft that goes perfectly with the Hand Painted Ties that I highlighted as a fun DIY gift idea for kids to make for Father’s Day.  Add a tie tack and Dad has a cool tie and accessory from the kids.

Shrinky Dink Gift Ideas

Shrinky Dink Fathers Day Gifts

These photo gifts for dad are so cute.  If he isn’t the type who wears a suit and tie, then you can easily turn it into a key chain fob.  The tutorial from Oh Happy Day will make it a happy day indeed when Dad opens up one of these cute DIY gifts from the kids.

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Painted Tie Gifts the Kids Can Make for Dad

Handpainted Ties for Dad

Neck ties get a bum wrap for being unoriginal gifts, but I think that these hand painted ties prove that theory wrong.  What dad wouldn’t like a custom neck tie, hand painted by his kids?  It’s the perfect DIY craft for Father’s Day, Christmas, or his birthday.

How to Make a Hand Painted Tie

I love these ties from Living Well Spending Less.  Kids will have a blast creating their own designs, including a tie with a tracing of their hand print, or a stenciled pattern made with painter’s tape.

Handpainted Ties for DadThese crafts for kids are more than just special gift ideas.  They are beautiful keepsakes that you’ll enjoy putting in the kids’ memorabilia boxes for when they get older.  It’s the type of gift that builds happy memories for the child who makes it, as well as for the Father, or Grandfather, who receives it.

I hope you enjoy making this DIY gift with your kids.

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Outdoor Crafts for the Kids

Homemade Colored Bubbles

When the weather gets nice and you want to be outdoors in the warm sunshine, take your crafts outside and enjoy hours of fun being creative.  I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t like bubbles and painting, so playing with bubbles and drawing with sidewalk chalk are go-to activities for all 3 of my kids.  But what if you could get extra creative with these activities?

Make Homemade Colored Bubbles

Homemade Colored Bubbles

Rather than going out and buying bubbles from the store, go ahead and make your own bubble solution this summer.  And for extra fun, make them colored bubbles.  Kids will have fun mixing food coloring into the solution to mix and match to come-up with the perfect color.

How to Make Colored Bubbles

2 1/2 quarts water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup clear liquid dish detergent or baby shampoo
Food coloring (optional)

Directions:
In a large container, gently mix the water and corn syrup. Add the liquid dish detergent and stir lightly.  Make sure that you don’t over mix.  You should mix just until you see a few bubbles on top of the mixture, but you don’t want it to get too bubbly. If you want to make colored bubbles, mix in a couple drops of food coloring.

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.  The bubbles can be used immediately, or stored in an airtight container for several weeks.

I recommend making a big batch of homemade bubbles to have on hand.  Don’t add any coloring to the big batch, just keep it clear.  Then you have the option of using it for regular, clear bubbles.  Or, pouring some in smaller containers to make colored bubbles.  That way kids can experiment with smaller portions of colorful bubbles.  It gives them more variety, and more opportunities to play around mixing different colors.

Make Outdoor Sidewalk Paint

My kids love drawing with sidewalk chalk and can entertain themselves for hours.  As a mother I have a love-hate relationship with sidewalk chalk.  I love the creativity that it invokes and that the kids have such fun with it.  But, I hate how messy it gets.  I don’t like the feel of it on my hands and I’m not a fan of how it gets your clothes so dirty.  I do enough laundry, thank you very much.  The solution?  Make your own sidewalk paint.

How to Make Sidewalk Paint

1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
Food coloring

Directions:
In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and cold water.  Add as many drops of food coloring as you’d like to get your desired color.

Repeat this process for each paint color. Pour into a muffin tin to make it easy to carry and use. Use a paintbrush, foam brush or sponges to make fun designs on the sidewalk, patio, or driveway.  This non-toxic mix simply washes away with the rain, or when sprayed with water.

If you want to see it in action, this video shows you how to mix-up these two fun outdoor crafts for kids.

Video by wwlp

Just like with the colored bubbles solution, I prefer to make a big batch of the paint.  Since it’s equal measurements of water and cornstarch, it’s pretty easy to make this mixture in any quantity you want.  Mix it in a plastic pitcher and then pour it into muffin tins, or smaller plastic containers that can be covered and put away for future use.

There are lots of fun crafts that you can do with the kids this summer.  Just because the weather is warm, it doesn’t mean that you have to put away the crafts and wait for cooler days.  Get out and enjoy the perfect mix of sun, fun and crafts!

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Fun Crafts Using Rolled-Up Magazines

Rolled-Up Magazine Crafts

Do you have piles of magazines at home that are just waiting to be recycled?  Before you toss them in the recycling bin, how about some fun craft ideas for how you can take rolled-up magazines and turn them into vases, organizers and other pretty pieces to decorate your home.

How to Make a Rolled-Up Magazine Vase

All you need for this craft are a few magazines, a glue stick, glue gun and a paper or plastic container (like a recycled food container).  You may also want ribbon, pipe cleaners or rope to finish off the edges.

This video shows you how easy it is to make a magazine vase.  You can use this idea to make a pen holder, trash can, or any size holder you’d like.

Video by PattieWackDesigns

And this video uses the same rolled-magazine technique, but shows you how to make a decorative box with it.  In this example, she has made a magazine holder.  How appropriate, right?


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How to Make a Rolled Paper Trash Can

These two videos show you variations of the rolled-up magazine technique.  Rather than creating long tubes with the magazine pages, these two ideas both use coils of paper.  Definitely more time consuming to do it this way, but the result is pretty cool.

Video by Flux Magazine

Video by Keepinitsimple101

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How to Make Flubber With the Kids

How to Make Flubber

If your kids love playing with Play Dough or clay, then they’ll love flubber.  One of the great things about making flubber is that it’s not just a fun craft project for the kids, but it’s also a mini-science lesson.  Kids will ooh and ahh as they watch the mixture come together and transform from a liquid to a solid.

The recipe for flubber is easy.  You’ll have 2 bowls of ingredients that you will then combine to make the flubber.

Bowl #1:

1 cup of white glue

3/4 cup warm water

food coloring

–Stir to combine

Bowl #2:

1/2 cup warm water

2 teaspooons Borax

–Stir to combine and dissolve Borax

Pour bowl #1 into bowl #2 and watch the flubber magic begin.  Here’s a video to show it to you in action.

How to Make Flubber – The Best Kid’s Craft Video

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How to Make Flubber

Let the kids mix-up the flubber with their hands.  That’s what makes this craft fun for kids.  They get to get their hands dirty!  Store the flubber in an air-tight container and you’ll be able to enjoy playing with it again and again.

Photo of Flubber by Mellissa Hillier

 

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DIY Mothers Day Gift Idea

Mothers Day Gift Idea

Make a painted cup or mug for Mother’s Day and every day your mum will enjoy this personalized gift.  One of the reasons why I love this gift idea is because a personalized mug can be made lots of ways.  You can use markers or paints to create a truly memorable gift.  Write a simple message on the mug to let her know how much you love her, or paint something special.  No matter what you do, she’ll love it.

Mothers Day Gift Idea

Personalized Painted Mug Tutorial

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DIY Mothers Day Gift Felt Craft Tutorial

Mothers Day Gift

Looking for a cute Mother’s Day gift idea?  This tutorial includes the template you need to create the felt cut-outs to make an “I Love My Mom” banner.  Add some magnets to the ends of the banner and you’ve got the perfect way to hang this banner.

Put the banner up so that it greets mum as she goes to open the refrigerator in the morning.  Or, hang it across the mirror in the bathroom so that it’s the first thing she sees when she wakes up on Mother’s Day.  Kids will love getting creative and decorating these felt cutouts to personalize this sign to show mom how much they love her.

Mothers Day Gift Tutorial

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Handmade Ornaments With Book Pages

Handmade Decoupage Ornaments

Ornaments aren’t just for Christmas.  You can use ornaments year-round to decorate your home for each season, or holiday.  And even if you think that ornaments are only for Christmas, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make ornaments all year.  Make a batch with the kids and put them away until Christmas when you can put them on your tree, or give them away as gifts.

This ornament tutorial shows you how to make Christmas ornaments using pages from an old book.  Add some food coloring to the mod podge and you can create colorful ornaments for any season.  And if you don’t want to use an old book, you could use a magazine, comic book, newspaper or greeting card for this decoupage project.

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Find out how to turn old book pages into beautiful holiday ornaments! Jessie Jane of Lilyshop (http://www.lilyshop.com) shares a great idea for re-purposing …

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DIY Nighlight for Kids

DIY Nightlight for Kids

Kids will enjoy helping to make this DIY nightlight.  This paper mache craft is so much fun and the finished product will have them excited to turn out the lights.

With just a few supplies needed, a handmade nightlight is fun and affordable.  The tutorial shows you how to make a star shaped nightlight, but you could do any shape you’d like.

This idea would also be pretty for a holiday decoration or luminary.  Whether it’s Christmas, Easter, Halloween, or a dinner party, your mantel or buffet table will have an extra pop with lighting from a paper mache luminary.

DIY nightlight for kids! Star shaped paper lanterns! CUTE!! Luminary KIDS CRAFT

This is a tutorial on how to make your own nightlight for you or your kiddos! 😉 I use a balloon, tissue paper, paper mache glue, & LED tea lights www.bunnie…

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